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Trump's new press secretary to hold first formal briefing Friday

Trump's new press secretary to hold first formal briefing Friday
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President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE’s new press secretary Kaleigh McEnany will brief reporters for the first time in the White House briefing room on Friday.

The White House issued an updated guidance late Thursday announcing a formal on-camera briefing with the press secretary in the James S. Brady Briefing Room on Friday at 2 p.m., marking the first such occurrence in more than a year.

It is unclear whether the move signals that the White House plans to revive the tradition of the daily briefing with the press secretary, which has been otherwise abandoned under President Trump.

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McEnany’s decision to take the podium comes less than a month after she took over the position, brought on as part of a broader overhaul of the communications operation executed by new White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here MORE.

McEnany has already gaggled with the press a handful of times at the White House following television interviews. 

The decision to revive the briefing with the press secretary on Friday also caps a week that saw a decline in the number of White House coronavirus task force briefings that had become a daily occurrence over the past several weeks as the United States grapples with the pandemic.

For the past several days, Trump has opted to forgo the coronavirus briefings in favor of organized events and remarks that have been followed by exchanges with reporters.

The shift from the coronavirus briefings followed a briefing last Thursday during which Trump suggested doctors study disinfectant injections or ultraviolet light as a potential treatment for patients with the novel coronavirus, a remark that was widely mocked and criticized as dangerous. The president has since said he was speaking sarcastically.